February 25th

Drive Angry

Who did it? Directed by Patrick Lussier; Written by Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer; Starring Nic Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, and Billy Burke

What is it? A man escapes from Hell in order to avenge his daughter’s death and to rescue the baby a Satanic cult plans on using for its world-ending ritual.

Why should we care? There is nothing more serious than a father’s love, especially when it comes delivered with a gun that can blow a man across a parking lot. Having already seen the film, I can say confidently that it’s nothing but fun and ridiculousness wrapped in a greasy rag, set on fire, and then thrown at the audience. The 3D is used to its gimmicky best, Todd Farmer (of course) gets naked, and Amber Heard gets rough. For some reason, the marketing campaign didn’t go with the, “Nicolas Cage fucks a girl while killing a bunch of people,” quote that I submitted. Weird. Plus, the entire movie is made by William Fichtner’s performance as Hell’s number cruncher.

Watch the trailer:


Hall Pass

Who did it? Directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly; Written by Pete “Project Greenlight” Jones and Peter Farrelly; Starring Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Alyssa Milano, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate, Stephen Merchant

What is it? An unofficial Hollywood remake of The Freebie… but with more laughs, less indie drama, and absolutely no Dax Shepard.

Why should we care? The presence of the Farrelly brothers combined with Wilson is a high poop hurdle to overcome, but there’s hope to be found in the supporting cast. Sudeikis remains one of the funnier SNL players in recent years, and both Fisher and Merchant bring more than a little charm to everything they touch. The trailer manages a few laughs so hopefully this marks the return of quality comedy from the Farrellys.

Watch the trailer:


Shelter

Who did it? Directed by Mårlind & Stein; Written by Michael Cooney; Starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers

What is it? A psychiatrist stumbles upon a few multiple personalities that happen to be murder victims, which of course puts her in grave danger.

Why should we care? The oddly-named duo of Mårlind & Stein also co-directed the great fantasy thriller Storm a few years ago, and it’s pretty surprising to see them opening in the United States. That’s what Moore can do for you. The cast looks solid, the premise is intriguing, and it was written by Identity writer Michael Cooney so it has a shot at being 90% fun and only 10% convoluted.

Watch the trailer:


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